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Avon Beach Nourishment Project Meeting Set

N.C. 12 flooding in Avon. Photo: Don Bowers

Dare County is proposing a beach nourishment project in Avon to place more than 1 million cubic yards of sand along 2.2 miles of oceanfront, with the cost split between the county’s Beach Nourishment Fund and property owners.

County officials are hosting a virtual presentation and meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 to hear from the public about the project before a final decision is made. The meeting will be livestreamed on the county’s YouTube channel. Register online to participate. If unable to watch live, a video of the meeting will be available.

Erosion along the beaches in Avon has recently accelerated dramatically, washing away most of the sand dunes and causing overwash of N.C. 12, not only during named storms but also during nor’easters and other coastal storms. The overwash has impeded, and sometimes prevented, first responders from answering emergency calls, sanitation workers from collecting trash and residents from performing daily tasks, according to officials.

In addition to safety issues, overwash has caused flood damage to homes and businesses, and has negatively impacted the tourism-driven economy of the island, particularly when portions of N.C. 12 are forced to close due to flooding.

The county proposes putting sand from about 3,000 feet north of the Avon Pier at Due East Road to Askins Creek North Drive near the southern boundary of Avon.

Officials propose taxing properties that will most benefit from the project, east of N.C. 12 from Due East Road to the southern boundary of Avon at a rate of 40 cents per $100 dollars of value and to tax all remaining parcels in Avon at a rate of 10 cents per $100 dollars in value to generate revenue to complete the project.

If the Avon beach nourishment project is approved, it will likely take place in 2022 and will be bid in conjunction with the beach nourishment projects planned in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Buxton, all scheduled for construction in 2022.

Comments or questions about the project can be emailed to DareCountyPR@DareNC.com before Feb. 24. Write “Avon Beach Nourishment” in the subject. Answers to frequently asked questions about the proposed beach nourishment project are on the website.

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